Firefighters from Ipil and from nearby towns helped contain the fire. Paul Jun E. Rosaroso, file
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A big fire in a slum area in Ipil town, Zamboanga Sibugay razed at least 100 houses on Saturday night.
Police and local authorities reported no casualties from the conflagration that displaced around 600 villagers of Barangay Don Andres.
Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, chief of Police Regional Office 9, said the fire broke out about 9 p.m. in the slum area of Purok Sampaguita.
Beltran said the Bureau of Fire Protection from Ipil immediately responded. Firefighters from the towns of Titay, Roseller Lim, Tungawan, Naga, Kabasalan, Siay and Imelda helped contain the conflagration.
The fire, which lasted more than two hours, razed 100 houses, most of which were made from light materials.
Damage is estimated at P1 million.
The BFP is still investigating into how the fire started.
The local government of Ipil has extended relief assistance to the fire victims, who were temporarily evacuated to the town’s covered court.